My practice has been based at Whitehouse Farm, Stannington, for over 40 years. During that time, it’s moved between exhibition work and working to commission, something which is challenging and interesting (but not always easy) to create a response for a particular client.
Every commission grows my practice – the current one is particularly large, 206 x 95cm, which is a challenge of scale, using gold thread machine embroidery on silk organza. Central to the process lies careful thought, sampling and planning, embroidery and design.
I particularly love landscapes, birds and details of flowers whether as figurative work or as repetitive aspects of a design. Some projects need specific research – like ecclesiastical stoles which require a sense of theatre and a spiritual message using seasonal colours of church worship. Embroidery is a fine art. It breathes through detail and texture, surfaces and stitches, fabrics and threads, reflection and inspiration.